leading Change IS HARD.


Whether in our own lives or in our organizations, we often want to make a meaningful change. We want to help ourselves or others or both. And, sometimes, we act. But almost always, we run into resistance, which can be hard, frustrating and leave us feeling demoralized. So more often, we sit tight.

How can we be more effective? How can we understand ourselves enough to bring personal change? How can we understand others to bring about the change we seek in our workplaces or other organizations that we seek to improve. It starts with rethinking conversations. Having conversations in new ways and inviting others to do the same. Adaptive Dialogues is here to help you rethink how you work with others, renewing your sense of purpose, your conviction that change is possible and giving you a means of bringing yourself and others along with you.



Through a process of coaching and self-discovery, I help individuals and organizations along a journey of unlocking unrealized potential and possibilities.


Making sense of our past experiences and future direction can be hard. Sometimes, we need a helping hand.  One-on-one career coaching can help you build self-awareness and wrestle with questions of career identity.  Individualized coaching offers a personalized career assessment, as well as weekly feedback and homework exercises that spur reflection, research and, ultimately, action towards a new career...READ MORE.




Pursuing a career change can feel like an isolating experience; many of us feel in it on our own, while we look around at others who seemingly have it figured out already.  In our discussion groups, you will engage with a group of peers in similar situations, learning from their experiences while reflecting on your own, all in the presence of a group leader who can provide perspective and guidance on the process of making significant change...READ MORE.



Erik Yazdani, founder of Exploring Fulfillment, delivers 1-2 hour interactive workshops on topics related to career change. While these workshops make use of lecture, they are also experiential in nature, involving individual and group experiences to help participants rethink how they are currently approaching their process of career change...



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Mission and Purpose

If you’ve come here thinking of making a career change in your life, I know some of what you’re going through.  I’ve made my share of changes and I know how difficult they can be.  I also know how isolating they can feel. 

Career changers often look around at the folks who seem to have it all figured out and wonder some version of, ‘What’s wrong with me?’  The reality, though, is that not everyone has it figured out, even many of those who appear to.

Discovering a sense of fulfillment and purpose in our work is a very human struggle, and if you’re wrestling with questions of identity,
you’re in good company.

Feeling supported by others and learning in the company of others is a critical part of any change process.  
That’s the reason I’m building a community of people who support one another.  

With that in mind, I’m especially a fan of our in-person Discussion Groups where people come together to do just that.  And if you can’t come in-person, Portraits in Change is our online version, which attempts to share simple stories of growth and transformation and seeks to inspire people with ideas for change.  

But we also present the full reality of career changes.  That is, the difficulty and the stories of failure. We’re not here to paint a pretty picture, but rather an authentic one that captures both the rewards and the pains of change.  I hope you will grow from the experiences captured here and I look forward to learning more from your journey.

Best regards,

Erik Yazdani

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About Erik

I came to this work through my own set of career transitions.  As an engineer in college, I started my career with a different idea of where I was headed.  Along the way, however, I realized that I enjoyed helping others find personal and professional fulfillment and made some transitions that brought me to where I am today.  I'm thankful for making those transitions, and I believe that a career can bring satisfaction on many levels.  

I've also learned about the ups and downs along the way and the sacrifices that transitions require.  It's not easy, so I bring compassion for the pains of change and believe that major transitions aren't always the right next step.  However, I do think that if you have an itch, it's worth exploring and coming to your own personal answer to the question, "What do I want to do?"

Erik Yazdani is a psychotherapist and career coach.  As a career coach, Erik has years of experience helping professionals identify appropriate career paths at MBA, executive-MBA, PhD and other graduate programs. Through this and other work, Erik helps professionals navigate the intersection between personal values and professional priorities by usingone-on-one coaching, personal writing and small group process.  Erik holds a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Masters of Social Work from the NYU Silver School.